Thursday, May 5, 2011

Killing Uriah

Temptation bathes under
the desert night sky
in a far off Jerusalem.

She is naked breast,
innocent eye, and I;
I am David’s lust
from the roof tops
of Manhattan.

Smeared lipstick desire,
black lace regret
as sweat and screams
eclipse the sunrise.

Come this day, this ache,
this disregard of consequence
and the distant wail of Uriah.

Shadows will descend,
and a penitent man will weep
in sackcloth and ashes
but not tonight: Tonight
I am her King.

15 comments:

Khakjaan Wessington said...

What ever happened to sackcloth and ashes? It's almost like everybody suddenly became clean unto their G-d.

Wild Rose said...

Loved reading this piece and glad i stopped by, lovely blog too :)

Wild Rose~

Claudia said...

this one left me breathless - knowing the story well - and you managed to drag it into today - WOW!!!!

Jingle Poetry said...

super tense and breath taking..

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unremarkable_m said...

the delicacy lingers long after reading...

lovely.

wkkortas said...

Elegant, period.

emmettwheatfall.com said...

Oh man oh man!! The story of King David told brilliantly in poetic form. This piece is a masterpiece and needs/must be published somewhere. The finest piece I read yet Steven. Bravo my poet friend, bravo!!

Amy e said...

Should have killed uriah.. Beautiful poem

PhotoDiction said...

An awesome ending line!

Marbles in My Pocket said...

Awesome writing. Very well done!

Her eis my offering for this first Gooseberry Garden picnic: http://charleslmashburn.wordpress.com/2011/08/21/this-eden/

lynnaima said...

Beautiful poetry!!!! :) I dig it!

Here's my offering this week: http://lynnaima.wordpress.com/2011/08/21/vanished/

Morning said...

quite fitting, well put.

:)

The Orange Tree said...

beautiful and breath taking.

Thanks for sharing.

Miss Kitten said...

Very nice. Love how you set the whole scene and brought it into the 21 century. Well done!